Grendel: the Opera

Grendel, a new opera from Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor, opened recently at the Lincoln Center Festival. Based on Beowulf but told from the monster's point of view, the opera is sung in Old English by the humans while Grendel sings in contemporary language.

Jeff Lunden of NPR's All Things Consideredreviews the work and discusses the problems of bringing such an archaic story to the stage.